hello. you're watching "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. staff at the world health organization are battling the deadliest ebola outbreak in the history of the disease, and they now say the magnitude of the infection in west africa could be much more serious than reported. w.h.o. medical workers say the number of recorded cases and deaths vastly underestimate the scale of the outbreak. >> i think we have to realize that the current situation is
really one of historical importance. we have never before seen an outbreak of ebola virus infection as large as this. >> w.h.o. is tracking cases of the illness in guinea, liberia, sierra leone, and nigeria. they say more than 1,100 have died and they expect that number to rise. the governments of the four west african nations have declared states of emergency that gives them more power to control the movement of people. the w.h.o. is preparing to build facilities to quarantine more patients and host medical workers. the head of a nongovernmental medical group says the ebola epidemic will take six months to control. joanne liu leads doctors without borders. she reported what she'd seen during ten days in countries hit by the virus. >> i really had a feeling that
it is like a wartime in terms of fear, general fear all over where you are. nobody not understanding what's going on. >> liu said ebola has changed people's social habits. she said they don't shake hands for fear of catching the virus. she also said more workers are needed to track people who have come into contact with patients. iraq's sunni muslim leaders are offering a chance to isolate the militants who control parts of the country. they say they'll work with the incoming prime minister on certain conditions. sunni extremists control regions in the west and north. other members of the sect are joining them in their fight against the government. they're angry at the way they have been treated by the shias who lead the administration. members of a council of sunni leaders are now offering a chance of reconciliation. they reacted to the choice of haider al abadi as prime minister by saying they welcome the new government. they said they'll defend the
country and preserve unity if leaders listen to their demands. they did not specify what they want. sunnis earlier demanded government forces stop air strikes on residential areas and release sunni terror suspects. eu foreign ministers have approved plans to arm kurdish forces fighting sunni militants in northern iraq. member governments had said they were prepared to supply weapons in response to a request from kurdish authorities. the foreign ministers also agreed to explore ways to prevent militants from profiting from oil sales. ukrainian government officials are inspecting a russian aid convoy. they're checking 280 trucks before letting them cross the border. russian leaders said the aid for ukrainians is affected by fighting between government troops the and promoscow separatists. residents of the cities of luhansk and donetsk are short of
water, food, and medicine. ukraine's military said the trucks arrived thursday in a russian town about 40 kilometers from the border. about 60 officials from the ukrainian border patrol and customs office crossed the frontier friday morning to start their inspection. leaders in kiev are worried the convoy could be carrying weapons and soldiers. the trucks are scheduled to carry the aid supplies to the city of luhansk under red cross supervision. still analysts say heavy fighting there means it's not clear whether they'll make it through. there are two leaders of the pro-russian rebels that have stepped down. a separatist source in the city of donetsk told nhk igor girkin resigned thursday because of battle wounds. officials with ukraine security service claim girkin belongs to russian military intelligence. they say he played a major role in moscow's annexation of crimea. another separatist leader resigned the same day also because of wounds.
valery bolotov was based in the city of luhansk. he led attacks on government security installations and organized a referendum on independence. ukrainian government forces began stepping up their offensive last month. they're trying to reclaim territory the separatists have been holding since april. fighting between the two sides is believed to have led to the downing of malaysia airlines flight 17 almost a month ago. ukraine's prime minister says his government is ready to work with russian officials to resume the investigation into the crash. the jet was shot down on july 17th. all 298 people on board were killed. poor security conditions in the area have forced international investigators to suspend their work. this man heads the committee looking into the crash. he said government forces are not engaged in military action within 20 kilometers of the
site. >> translator: the separatists are always provoking the international investigators when they try to start their work. they're putting the investigation at risk. >> he said it's not possible to negotiate with the separatists. he said resuming the investigation is up to russian officials. another of ukraine's neighbors has been showing off the troops and weapons it has to defend itself. poland marked its annual armed forces day by holding its biggest military parade in years. the poles were commemorating their country's victory over soviet forces in 1920. about 1,200 soldiers were joined by 100 u.s. and canadian troops who are in the country for nato exercises. the president said developments in ukraine show not all eastern european nations enjoy security.
he called for nato to boost its defenses. police forces showed off 60 aircraft, over 120 tanks, and other military vehicles. leaders in warsaw have deep concerns about russia because their country was once part of the soviet bloc. they want nato to keep forces in poland permanently. indian prime minister narendra modi is getting ready to visit japan. he chose tokyo for his first bilateral talks outside south asia since he came to power. modi's due to make an official visit from august 31st through september 3rd. he'll hold talks with prime minister shinzo abe and meet the emperor. he sees investment by japanese firms as a key to rebuilding india's economy. efforts to improve his country's infrastructure and improve business environment. another issue probably on modi's agenda is security.